Removal of harmless moles and skin tags
Moles are skin growths made up of cells that produce color (pigment) and can be found on all areas of the body. Most moles are harmless and can be removed by a doctor for cosmetic reasons. Skin tags are harmless small, soft pieces of skin that stick out on a thin stem and they are commonly found on the neck, armpits, upper trunk, and body folds.
At Acclaro, our doctors are trained to remove harmless moles and skin tags in a safe, fast and effective way, using the following procedures:
- Excision - Skin tags may be snipped off with a scalpel or surgical scissors. Some moles may have cells that go underneath the skin, so your doctor might make a deeper cut to remove the entire mole and prevent it from growing back. This cut may require stitches.
- Electrocautery – Using an electric current through a wire to burn off the upper layers of the skin. More than one treatment might be required to remove a mole. Skin tags are removed by burning through the narrow stem that attaches them to the skin. The heat also helps prevent bleeding.
The procedure may cause mild discomfort, but your doctor will numb the area with an anesthetic before he or she begins. If the procedure causes any bleeding, your doctor may apply a medicine that helps stop the bleeding. Then he or she will put a bandage on it. These procedures usually leave no scars or marks.